January 2012

Most of these veggies i planted in September.

Arugula

The arugula has been very productive. i planted 6 seeds. 4 of them grew into hearty plants, that i have a huge surplus of, even though i make a salad with it every day.

Beets

There is about a 6 foot by 6 foot area of beets. They seem to be growing, as the leaves are about 5 inches or so, but i haven’t been able to harvest anything yet.

Blue Kale

The blue kale is in a raised bed around a tree in the front yard. It is growing so fast that even though i make kale chips all the time, i still have alot more than i can use.  For a reason i haven’t identified, the blue kale in the front raised bed is growing much larger than the blue kale in the back garden.  The radishes are the same way.  Maybe it has to do with soil drainage, because the other factors are the same.

Broccoli

The broccoli is growing strong, but for some reason most of it is flowering, so there are little yellow flowers in most of the broccoli crowns, that i don’t want to eat.  i don’t know if the flowers aren’t good, i’ve just never had broccoli flowers before and hesitate eating them.  So i’m not harvesting as much broccoli as i’d like to. But most of this was planted last May, and only started making broccoli crowns in about October. We haven’t gotten much out of it. Next year i will wait and plant it in August or September, because i never have much luck with spring sowed broccoli.  Though it can’t hurt to try sowing in March or so, just to experiment.

Brussell Sprouts

i had issues with the brussell sprouts. First, i started about 12 plants in July to be transplanted at the beginning of September. They all died, so i direct sowed some as well in September. Now there are only 2 brussell sprout plants, that i haven’t been able to harvest from yet. But i can’t tell whether they are transplanted ones or direct sowed ones. Though they have handled the frosts we’ve had very well.

Cabbage

The cabbage is growing pretty well, and hasn’t been affected by frosts at all. i started some back in May, and they didn’t produce anything until about October. They grow very slow. Because they are winter hearty i started a dozen plants in July and transplanted in September. They did not handle it well, so i direct sowed some as well. i don’t know if these are the one’s from the spring, transplants, or direct sowed in september.

Blood Purple Carrots

i direct sowed these in about a 10 foot row in September. The tops are about 10 inches long and should be ready to harvest soon. Carrots are coolin that you can actually keep them in the garden after they are ready to harvest until you need them. So you don’t have an over abundance of carrots at one time. After they’re ripe, just harvest as needed. Fall carrots are much sweeter than spring carrots.

The cauliflower is acting much like the brussel sprouts. First, i started about 12 plants in July to be transplanted at the beginning of September. They did not handle the transplant well, so i direct sowed some as well in September. Now there are only a few, and even though they seem to be growing well, they haven’t produced any crowns yet.

Fava Beans

The fava beans all look very strong and healthy, and are surviving the frosts well. There have been a few flowers (where the pods normally follow shortly), but no beans have grown yet.

 

Kohl Rabi

i just planted a few kohlrabi in the middle of the summer, and a some died from the heat, but the ones that survived are doing great now. i thought it was a warm weather veggie, but found out otherwise. Now i just need to figure out what to do with it.

Mesclun Salad Mix

 

The mesclun salad mix is doing fantastic. i harvest from it daily. The arugula in it is doing the best, but it’s all growing well, and hasn’t been affected by the frosts.

Giant Purple Mustard

The mustard really adds alot of color to the garden.  It’s a vibrant purple with a great flavor.  i more than i know what to do with.  It grows great, and really fast.  i highly recommend this for any winter garden.

Oregon Giant Pea

These plants are handling the frosts really well, and seem very healthy.  However i have not seen one pea pod from them.  But i’m not that concerned.  Even if they don’t produce any peas, they will still act as a cover crop by keeping the soil loose over the winter, and when i start prepping the spring bed, i can till the pea plants back into the soil, which will act as a fertilizer by adding nitrogen.

 

Radishes

i didn’t sow these until October, and even though they’ve sprouted, i haven’t seen any radishes.  They generally grow pretty fast, but i may have started them too late in the season.  Or there may not have been sufficient nutrients in the soil, because i planted them right after i pulled out the okra there.  The radishes i grew in the raised bed out front did great, but they were a different kind of radish, and i sowed them in september.

Parsnips on the right, Red Kale on the left

The parsnips are doing well, and i should be able to harvest them soon.  These i direct sowed like the carrots, and because they are a root crop, act the same way.  The tops are about 6 inches, and generally you’ll wait until the tops are twice the length of the root you want to harvest.

Red Kale

i didn’t plant the Red Kale until October, but it is doing well.  i am able to harvest enough to cook with, and it makes a unique looking meal.  This kale is a pretty red and green color.  It is all doing really well, though the leaves aren’t as big as the blue kale, they are growing strong!

Rainbow Swiss Chard

The Swiss Chard isn’t growing as fast as i thought it would.  It doesn’t seem to be hampered by frosts, but the plants are only about 6 inches tall, and i planted them in September.  I should probably just start them a little earlier next year.

Tall Telephone Peas

These are growing really well.  In fact the plants are getting so big and heavy that some of the trellis strings have been pulled down under their weight.  i haven’t gotten enough peas for many meals yet, but they are producing, and i always see more flowers.

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